Week Roundup

March 22, 2008

Last sunday, our group met to go run the trails at Elachee Nature center. This is a nice 5-6 mile loop that we all enjoy. Everyone wanted to go different distances-two people wanted 1, three wanted two, and one idiot wanted to do three. (Yes, you can guess who the idiot was without much difficulty.) No problem, we’ll each do our own thing and meet in-between and as we pass each other.

The trails were quite beat up from the major storm the day before, but everything is manageable. Just a few extra trees to jump over. I saw the lead group once at my mile 2, their mile 3.5 as we were headed in opposite directions. Then I saw them again as they started lap 2 and I was finishing lap one. So far, all is well. A quick stop at the car to hydrate and say hi to the two people doing just one lap. They offered some water, but I had some in my car. That’s cool.

Half way through lap 2 I scared the bejezzus out of an old lady who was walking (and looking behind her for some reason when I came around the corner). I stopped and chatted for a few minutes. Then I continue on. When I finished lap 2, everyone else had packed up and left so I hydrated again and decided what to do. As I was standing next to my car, I noticed they left me a baggie of trailmix and a bottle of water. Real nice, you may think. But the water was one of these little 4 oz bottles. Like that’s going to do any good! That’s just teasing me…

I headed out and did another 1/2 lap (about 4 miles) instead of a full and finished feeling strong. As I left the parking lot, I made a quick call to one of the group to “thank” them for the water. (and to make sure I didn’t need to wait for anyone else who needed a ride.) I ran into the old lady again who couldn’t believe I was still going. Again, we chatted for a few minutes…a while later, when I was on my last mile, I ran into her again but didn’t stop to chat since I was on a beautiful downhill and enjoying it.

Thursday I managed to hit some speedwork on the treadmill during lunch. It was a very busy week, so didn’t take much time for lunch on Monday-Wednesday. Oh well, the rest days were good, and I did get a bowling lesson in on Monday evening and the bowling league Tuesday night. (For the record, I bowled my high series of the season! My average is slowing getting larger. Another few weeks and it will almost seem like I know what I’m doing.)

Saturday, we met for the RunnersFit group run. A couple of of the guys mentioned the water they left me, and how they were disappointed that they didn’t get mentioned as jackasses on the blog. So folks, the first couple paragraphs above are for you, Jackass!

We ran the Braselton 8K course. I pushed myself a bit and managed to keep the group in sight for more than the first half. In finishing, I beat my previous time on the course by a minute and a half! WooHoo. A shoutout also goes out to Jenny, who ran the full course for the first time and came in a couple minutes behind me. (As she later mentions, she was madly trying to keep me in site so she wouldn’t get lost…and I didn’t even know, which is good since I would have slowed down.)

I also remembered to pick up the Thrill in the Hills 1/2 marathon pictures from Ryan (taken by the other Ryan). I’ve posted some of my favorites over here. Thanks Ryan for taking them.

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Weekend Roundup and pictures

January 28, 2008

Saturday, the Runners Fit group heading back out to the Elachee Nature Center for our run before going to Sweet Escapes for their Runners Special breakfast.
Overall, the run was good…we started with a really big (in my opinion) hill that took my breath away along the West Lake Trail. I didn’t really get it back for about 2 miles, right before getting to the suspension bridge. I wanted to do the back half this time, but wasn’t sure what direction the rest of the group took, so I actually didn’t cross over, and headed up the Dunlap trail (clockwise). When it split off back to just the West Lake, I headed up that way. Here, I ran into Gordon, who split off from the main group to meet up with them later. He had never been here before, but wasn’t too lost.

From there, I hit the Mathis Trail connector and took this to the East Lake trail, which took me back to the parking lot. Along here, I ran into M**** (protecting the innocent and all), who was very lost and very unhappy about it! After getting him set in the right direction, I followed and we finished up.

Between M**** being lost and Gordon being on his own for a while, I was thinking next time we need to make sure we have contingency plans when people get separated. (Being an expert map reader, I never get lost…just mis-orientated on occasion. 🙂 Something for us to think about. I usually carry my phone, and have thought about carrying a whistle to signal for assistance.

Sunday, some of us met at Ft. Yargo to run the trails there. Everyone did good by not getting lost…I had a bad first 4 miles, then loosened up…but by then my pace was horrible, and I finished the 10 miles in 2:15. I thought I was ahead of the main group because I didn’t see footprints in the mud. (There was some muddy, slipper sections, which is always fun.) However, they were all ahead of me, and I get the feeling that they were waiting awhile. Sorry guys.

While there, some of us were talking about signing up for the Disney Marathon next year. Maybe even doing the Goofy Challenge. So, time to start thinking about the next set of races to do…

Because the Thrill in the Hills Half Marathon is coming up, I’ve started posting my pictures of the race from last year. (Last year, I photographed the race and had a blast. This year, I haven’t decided.)
Usual rules apply: Free free to take for your own use. If you want a higher resolution version of a picture, contact me.
The photos are here.